2022 Chevrolet Corvette Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical and powertrain issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Chevy Corvette is a newer addition to the iconic sports car lineup. This particular model states, “precision is the new perfection.” However, nothing was created precisely with this vehicle, considering it has a defective electrical system and malfunctioning powertrain.

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Most Common Problems with the 2022 Chevy Corvette

Powertrain and electrical system problems top the list of complaints made by consumers about the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). But there are also complaints about the engine, exterior lighting, and lane departure.

The most dangerous electrical system fault mentioned in the complaints is that the frunk (front hood) opens while the luxury sports car is in motion. There are 28 manufacturer communications about electrical system issues on file with the NHTSA, including detailed technical service bulletins (TSBs). But there is no word from the manufacturer (General Motors) about the malfunctioning frunk, despite a recall of 7,071 2020 models for this very issue.

In addition to the transmission of some 2022 Chevy Corvettes “dying,” owners are complaining about fluid puddling under cars and cracked transmission housings. There are also issues relating to missing ball bearings, which have resulted in a recall.

Problems with the Electrical System

For the amount of money spent on the Corvette, the electrical system should be nothing less than top-notch, but that’s not the case.

A complaint to the NHTSA filed by a 2022 Chevy Corvette owner from Idaho warns that the sports car “is dangerous and could kill someone on the highway.” This issue, unsurprisingly, is that the frunk or front storage area automatically opens up while driving this car. It also happens while the car is parked in the garage.

The complainant also raises the fact that in 2020, owners of new Corvettes had similar problems with the front hood opening up while driving down the highway. “This could cause a disaster on the highway and many lives (could) be lost in a major accident.”

Another problem this owner mentions is that if you walk past the car or touch it, the car lights start flashing. This “also appears to be an electrical problem with the car.”

Here’s another complaint from a Texas owner that’s worth reading. “Shifting luggage during a left turn caused the remote front trunk safety switch inside the trunk to be depressed and open the front trunk, this was at low speed in my neighborhood, no damage or issues occurred, however if this had happened at higher speeds, the front trunk lid could have caused loss of visibility if the lid had completely opened.”

This isn’t the only issue happening with the safety switches. Service Bulletin #22-NA-052 states that the Door Ajar Message can occur and a DTC can be set for no reason. Imagine the confusion these drivers feel thinking their doors are open when they aren’t. It’s enough to cause a nervous breakdown while heading down the road, certainly not what’s expected from a vehicle that is hailed as the “new perfection.”

Problems with the Powertrain

Because of the power of the 2022 Chevy Corvette, a reliable transmission is needed to push that energy onto the road effectively, but this system is just as shoddy.

An owner from Colorado took his Corvette in for an inspection after changing the oil and noticing a greasy substance on the bottom panels. “I was informed by the dealer that a cracked transmission housing up top was spraying the oil out and it was dripping down. The car is 7 months old and the transmission case cracked because of porous metal castings.” He was also told that GM already knows about the issue.

Another NHTSA complaint reads, “Transmission died after only 1400 miles, vehicle is brand new and I’m concerned about the transmission dying after only a few miles on a $110k car, already took it to a Chevy dealer and confirmed it was the transmission and needed to be changed, warranty will cover it this time.”

Transmission-Related Recall

Plus, there is a transmission-related recall worth mentioning. NHTSA Campaign Number 22V091000 talks about how the rear half-shaft assembly could be missing a ball bearing. If this happens, a loss of drive power could occur, which only leads to a higher instance of an accident. How is it that a car that costs this much gets sent off of the production line without vital pieces? Where were the workers when it was being put together and what happened to quality control? Clearly, the automaker needs to redefine the word “precision,” possibly using something such as inaccuracy instead.

According to the recall notice, General Motors maintains that only 22 vehicles are potentially affected. But regardless of how few Corvettes are affected, the situation is extremely serious.

An owner from New Mexico, who received the recall notification, discovered that the transmission of his sports car had to be replaced. The dealer said that even though no serious incidents had been reported, his car wasn’t safe to drive and he was told to leave it with the dealer. This owner was also told that “this defect could cause a sudden loss of power resulting in loss of control.”

The complaint states: “My vehicle was assembled in December ‘21… 3 months after GM’s discovery of the issue. I believe that the defective transmission issue is more extensive than GM is acknowledging. A replacement transmission was ordered for mine, but none is currently available (back-ordered).” Furthermore, the dealership confirmed that local dealers were “backlogged with transmission work.”

The service rep reluctantly admitted this was the second C8 Corvette transmission they had to replace. “I feel GM should disclose how many defective C8 Corvette transmissions they have replaced and more accurately assess the production dates for affected vehicles.”

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Brian Jones

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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